Denmark Imposes "Fat Tax"

Fat in Denmark? You may want to think twice about drowning your sorrow in a pint of Chubby Hubby as it's going to get a bit more expensive.

Though less than 10% of Denmark's population is obese, the Danish government ain't takin' the chance that they're becoming like Americans - so they're instituting a "fat tax":

Starting Oct. 1, Danes will see a price increase in products that are high in saturated fats, which researchers at Denmark's Institute of Food and Resource Economics have attributed to the cause of 4% of the country's premature deaths.

Butter, oils, and high-fat dairy products will see the biggest price increases; products with more than 2.3% saturated fat will be taxed 16 kroner per kilogram ($2.90 USD) of saturated fat. Shoppers should be ready to pay up to 30% more for a pack of butter, 8% more for a bag of chips, and a liter of olive oil will cost 7.1% more than usual.

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Previously on Neatorama: Hungary's "Fat Tax"


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IN THE END THEY WANT IT ALL...FOR NOTHING. I SAY GIVE IT TO THEM IN THE END, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. SPINELESS COWARS ACROSS THE PLANET HAVE LET GOVERNMENTS AND CORPORATIONS TAKE THEIR MONEY WHILE THEY LIE DOWN AND TAKE IT. THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED BY THESE GROTESQUE TAXES AND CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO PAY THEM, OR REFUSE TO, ARE THEN THROWN IN JAIL.. AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE. [deleted]
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Actually the obesity academic didn't kick off until "healthier" fat alternatives became the staple of the US diet. When people got their fat from butter and lard, obesity was rare. Want to tax unhealthy foods? Tax the foods that are pre-packaged and leave fats alone.
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Brilliant. Someone tell congress that this needs to be law in the U.S. We could use the money.

Wait, how many fatties are in office now?

Really. That MANY?

Oh, never mind then.
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This story obviously hit a nerve, being that everyone got so steemed... You people seriously need to get your panties unbunched.

And for those who are saying "it's just a way for the government to make money!", you are just showing your ignorance (of the Scandinavian cultures).
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@PacRimJim - you've definitely got a point. I quit drinking soda a couple of years ago, and now I can't stand the sweetness of soda. It's just too darned sweet!
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